The concept of car sharing is being implemented on a global scale with Nissan recently introducing their car sharing service in Japan. It’s called e-share mobi and will be available from 15 January 2018 featuring the brand new Nissan Leaf and the Nissan Note e-POWER. Drivers and passengers can experience the company’s advanced electrification and intelligence technologies without footing the bill of buying a new car.
Initial reports suggest there will be at least 30 sharing stations across Japan in cities like Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Osaka, Hyogo among others. The new service uses a mobile app created by Smart Oasis Car sharing, powered by Nihon Unisys with a proven track record as a system for car sharing services. It launches without any monthly fees and no additional mileage charges as Nissan hopes it will lead customers to register without having to worry about hidden costs or how often they’ll actually use the service.
At this stage, it seems tolls are the only expense users will incur which will be charged to the driver through the integrated ETC card inside each vehicle. The cars are also cleaned daily, at no extra cost, ensuring utmost cleanliness and comfort for everyone.
2018 Nissan Leaf Leads The Way
The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be the first vehicle added to Nissan’s new car sharing service and for good reason. It offers more than the first generation with a range of 240 km (150 miles) and a 147 hp electric motor which is 50% more powerful. Advanced technology on both the Nissan Leaf and Nissan Note e-POWER promotes safe driving with the Nissan Leaf leading the charge. It’s equipped with ProPilot, Nissan’s semi-autonomous lane-holding highway system, ProPilot Park and Around View Monitor. Nissan has also added a drive recorder to each vehicle in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Nissan’s e-share mobi aims to provide unconventional value through peace of mind, ease of use and comfort. It’s safe to say they’ve certainly covered the basis in terms of peace of mind and comfort but what about ease of use? It really does seem straightforward as customers can register without worrying about how often they’ll use the service or to find additional fees added to their total charges.
Registered members can also earn discounts at Nissan Rent a Car and can use their driver’s license as their membership card eliminating the need to add another one to your already bulking wallet. If that doesn’t convince you, users can also take advantage of a service similar to GM’s OnStar where they can get help with navigation and recommended travel routes from a live operator.
e-share mobi is a joint business between Nissan and Nissan Car Rental Solutions Co., Ltd. Maybe, in the future, we can look forward to the same kind of service on South African soil? We can only hope.